German energy industry association BDEW calls for »PV boom«

Under the heading »The energy transition needs a PV boom«, the German energy industry association BDEW (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft; German Association of Energy and Water Industries) has presented its »Photovoltaic Strategy«. In it, the association has summarized on eleven pages what it sees as the necessary changes, in particular to the legal framework for PV in Germany. »All previous political decisions,« the strategy paper states, »have always underestimated the high potential inherent in photovoltaics and have not given solar energy the status it deserves.«
BDEW believes that in order to achieve Germany’s climate targets, at least 150 GW of PV must be connected to the grid by 2030, i.e. one and a half times as much as is currently planned by the government and defined as a target in the country’s Renewable Energy Law (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz, EEG). There could be further increases if the expansion of onshore wind power does not progress fast enough. This results in a necessary expansion of at least 10 GW of solar power capacity per year, with half of each from ground-mounted and rooftop systems, according to BDEW. This can only be achieved through significant changes to the current political and legal framework. To this end, the strategy paper lists a large number of recommendations, such as increasing tender volumes or introducing nationwide standards for a »solar obligation.« These standards include, for example, the obligation to make newly built residential buildings »PV ready« or to use at least half of the roofs of commercial buildings of 75 square meters or more with PV. The association also calls for extensive changes to facilitate self-consumption, in particular the inclusion of third-party consumers, tenant electricity concepts and »prosumer« communities.

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